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    Judge Ergon v. Donald Trump In Court

    November 6, 2023
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    It was predictable that the New York courtroom on Monday would morph into a match between New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron and former president Donald Trump. 

    This trial is a result of New York state bringing a civil fraud trial accusing the Trump Organization of inflating its financial statements for banks and other institutions. 

    The outcomes of this bench trial will determine how much the Trump Organization will pay in fines if any, the disposition of some of its properties in New York, the management of the company, and whether the Trumps can do business in New York. 

    Judge Engoron  pre-determined that the state found fraud and announced that before the attorneys’ opening statements. 

    Trump was cautioned by the judge to keep his answers concise, reminding him and the courtroom that “this is not a political rally.” 

    “We don’t have time to waste. We have one day to do this,” Judge Arthur Engoron stated at one point. 

    “In addition to the answers being non-responsive, they’re repetitive,” he said at another point, which is highly unusual for a judge to say in court. 

    At one point, the judge turned to one of Trump’s lawyers, Christopher Kise, who has had his own clashes with the judge. 

    “Mr. Kise, can you control your client? This is not a political rally. This is a courtroom,” Engoron instructed Kise.

    “I do not want to hear everything this witness has to say. He has a lot to say that has nothing to do with the case or the questions,” the judge added.

    Trump downplayed his direct involvement in preparing the financial statements. 

    “All I did was authorize and tell people to give whatever is necessary for the accountants to do the statements,” he said. As for results, “I would look at them, I would see them, and maybe on some occasions, I would have some suggestions.”

    Trump downplayed the significance of the financial statements, which were forwarded to the banks.

    “Banks didn’t find them very relevant, and they had a disclaimer clause -- you would call it a worthless statement clause,” he emphasized. “I probably know banks as well as anybody … I know what they look at. They look at the deal, they look at the location.”

    Trump objected to his 2014 financial statements being used against him in this case.

    “First of all it’s so long ago, it’s well beyond the statute of limitations,” Trump said before turning to the judge and saying the judge allowed state lawyers to pursue these claims “because he always rules against me,” referring to Judge Engoron.

    “You can attack me in whichever way you want but please answer the questions,” the judge responded.  

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    Wazell

    If Trump loses this, businesses will avoid New York Like the plague for the next 20 years. Who would want to invest in a state if at the slightest whim, one may find themselves on a progressive chopping block?

    Gary

    In answer to your question. If you have a D next to your name, or are somehow connected in that manner, there would be no problem. The memory of this will be gone in 5 years, and life will go on. This is a destroy Trump campaign. Nothing more.

    Woody Boyd

    Not sure simply having the "D" next to your name would be enough or have we forgotten about their last Governor already. While this may have started as a "Destroy Trump Campaign", it will set precedent and lead to a similar case being brought against anyone who falls out of favor with the ruling elite regardless of whether they are loyal democrats or not.

    Samanna

    Mafia sold "insurance" policies guaranteeing your business wouldn't burn if you paid them and did what you were told to do.

    Zeke308

    And those who are not aligned or willing to align with corrupt Democrats will stay far, far away. Even Democrats have been leaving the state for decades, taking their business elsewhere, and in many cases ruining perfectly good red states with their idiotic leftist politics (see, for example, Virginia).
    New York has been known to hound people who have left the state, claiming "state income taxes owed" because their business might have once had a NY presence. Rush Limbaugh experienced this.

    PILGRIMSTRANGER

    ITS ABOUT SATANIC EVIL. THIS JUDGE OBVIOUSLY FOLLOWS SATAN'S RULE OF THE ENDS JUSTIFIES THE MEANS. WHO WOULD BE AMAZED TO FIND OUT THIS JUDGE RULES ON POLITICAL AND EVIL AS A MEASURING STICK. THIS JUDGE HAS NO BUSINESS BEING A JUDGE. HE IS A NARCISSIST MEGALOMANIAC WITH NO FEAR OF GOD. HIS OATH IS TO HIMSELF NOT TO GOD ALMIGHTY.

    Doyle

    Your statement is logical however the pursuit of money is its own (il)logic. Just pay off the pols and charge more for your product. It's the cost of doing business in political hell holes aka Democrat run cities/states.

    M Aurelius

    This charade kangaroo court makes the worst banana republic courts look respectable.

    Lars

    This judge even looks like s commie

    Zeke308

    He looks like he was thrashed mercilessly with the proverbial Ugly Stick every day of his life.

    steve

    He looks like the family's crazy uncle that sleeps in his car

    joelamason

    On appeal it will be determined that the case should never had been entertained.

    Pasta Fazooli

    This is old news, we were informed of this before Trump even sat down for the first day.

    Ed Cane

    Do you know the difference between that judge and pig poop?

    Nothing. No difference. Maybe the cheap suit.

    TRUTH

    Real answer: The pig poop has twice the integrity of that Judge-- At least it has never lied, and smells better than that Judge's soul.

    steve

    The real RICO case should be against Biden, Garland, Smith, Willis, James, Engoron, Chutkan, Bragg, Soros, etc. How about having Rudy Giuliani as the prosecutor? This is what a real insurrection looks like.

    Bird

    Exactly!

    Emil

    IS THERE ANY MILITIA NEAR THAT KANGARO COURT; TIME TO TAR AND FEATHER THESE CORRUPT AGs and Judges in the Public Square for abusing their power and being weaponizedm against the Peopls Choice for President. They are coming for me and you next unless you lick their tyranical boots.

    Bobby

    That judge looks like an Oompa-Loompa.

    Interesting that his main concern is getting done quickly, not justice.

    Last edited 5 months ago by Bobby
    DeathToDemoKKKratFilth

    Long past time to apply the 2nd Amendment to these lawless, bolshevik, child molesting, leftist filth.

    Kay112

    Engoron is one ugly arse human being and his personality is just as ugly!!

    Frank Silver

    I no longer practice law or hear cases. I was a trial lawyer un til accepting a non-federal appointment to the bench.
    Considering this judge and what we've all witnessed in court room after court room across this land, I will tell you that the Judicial Branch of Government is beyond correction. Moreover, as bad as the Executive and Legislative Branches actually are, the Judicial is far worse.
    It's over.

    Glee

    So where is the Bar Association and why aren’t we pulverizing them with letters holding them accountable for cont8 using to listen se these rogue, law-abusing AGs, DAs, and judges? What use is the association if it doesn’t reign in people who abuse their position?

    Joe

    that alleged "judge" looks like the guy you see standing next to a school yard staring at the children.

    bobo

    ...so he alone is the judge, jury and executioner?

    Last edited 5 months ago by bobo
    Bird

    Corrupt, fascist, democRAT Communist party judge at his best. This fraud owes an apology to America.

    Jay

    Trump rebuilt new york
    Its already starting to look like a sewer can you imagine his real estate not there

    Htos1av

    This judge.....when I was a kid and a jooish family moved into the neighborhood, they always went around saying, "Are you picking your butt"? They had some kind of obsession w/that-this judge is one of THOSE kids growing up.
    Change my mind.

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